You don’t need a big interchangeable lens camera in order to experiment with manual modes, as advanced compacts give you plenty of control over your shots too. The Canon PowerShot G16 has full and semi-manual modes as well as Auto all packed into a tiny body that you can pop into your bag or pocket. The 12MP sensor and wide-angle 28mm lens with a maximum aperture of f1.8-2.8 are on hand to help you take great quality shots even in low light, and zooming in for close-ups is easy thanks to the 5x optical and 10x digital zoom. You can shoot extra fast at up to 9.3fps and operation is also quick with lots of controls for easy one-handed operation. Intelligent image stabilisation keeps your shots and full HD videos steady and you can even shoot in the RAW file format to give yourself more control when postprocessing your images. The Canon PowerShot G16 will be available from October 2013 with an RRP of £530/$550.
Shoot for the stars
Brand new Star mode helps you capture the night sky, with Star Nightscape, Star Trails and Star Time-Lapse Movie presetsSwitch to RAW
The G16 supports the RAW file format as well as JPEG, giving more control over your images when editingShare on the go
Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share your shots on the move, and you can even geotag them using Canon's smartphone appFast focus
Improved autofocus speeds mean that the G16 is 41 per cent quicker than its predecessor, the G15
Reasons why we can’t wait to get our hands on this camera...
1. We'll see how easy this advanced compact is to use for beginners. Does it help with mastering manual controls?
2. We'll get to test out the new Star mode and see how the G16's image quality holds up in low-light conditions.
3. We want to know if the autofocus speeds are as impressive as they sound, and if they'll cope with 9fps shooting.